11 (October 30, 2019) Iguazu: Argentinian side
This day will be entirely spent on exploring Iguazu
As we’re leaving the hotel tomorrow, we’re
thinking about making what gets you wet this day because tomorrow we
wouldn’t have a room to take a shower. With this, if we don't have time
for all three circuits we'll do. at least, inferior circuit and
Garganta del Diablo (Devil's throat).
We get our breakfast at hotel and at 9 AM the taxi
from yesterday is waiting for us as planned. The ride to the entrance
of the National Park is going through most of the way we did yesterday
from the airport.
Admission ticket is 800$ per person and we need to join the
line to get it. It is crowded and lots of them are belonging to a group
with guide. We get in trying to leave behind as many of these groups as
possible and, once in the first square, we get into the Visitors Centre
for a map.
We leave with the idea of going first to inferior
circuit and go to Devil’s Throat after that. The reason is not only not
starting with the best but, thinking most of the visitors will go to
the throat first, trying to get a less crowded experience as much as
possible. We can see hundreds of people in the train station, so we
turn to “Sendero Verde”, since inferior and superior circuits are close.
This path goes through a piece of jungle to the train station
named “Cataratas”, which is the one for circuits inferior and superior.
From there, we follow the signs to the inferior circuit until starting
it by taking some stairs down to an area with a shop and tables, where
we can see our first coati.
We go on by taking a platform through jungle while hearing
the roar of the water. After a turn to the left we’re getting our first
view of Devil’s throat.
The next is having the option of taking a way down
to Alvar Nuņez waterfall or going on straight. Since this is our first
waterfall, we’re taking the option and we don’t regret. We can have a
close look at the waterfall, three coatis and rock birds that can stop
in the vertical wall.
The platform follow this wall in front of the waterfalls what
makes us to stop quite often for pictures until reaching Bossetti
waterfall, where there is a balcony, which is one of the highlights of
this circuit. You can nearly touch the water and pictures are getting
the next two waterfalls: Adan and Eve. This spot is labelled as the
most popular in Instagram.
Once back up to the main path, we reach a wider
area with spectacular views to Garganta del Diablo and all the wall of
waterfalls in front of San Martin Island. This is the first time we're
feeling how magnificent is the wonder we're visiting.
The circuit leaves the riverside and gets into the
rain forest. We take the path to Chico waterfall, which is dry, but we
can see a couple of lizards.
The last waterfalls in this circuit are “Dos
Hermanas” (Two sisters), which make a beautiful landscape. This place
would be fantastic anywhere else, but here, after all we’ve already
seen, they’re not outstanding.
It’s past 12 PM when we’re leaving the inferior
circuit behind and agree this is the best time to go to the Devil’s
throat, since it’s lunch time and we presume people will think on going
to restaurants than there. We take train ticket for 12:40 PM. Train is
free, but it is needed to take a ticket in the stand to organize the
In our way to Devil’s throat we think we have succeeded in
our thoughts since our train ia quite empty while the three trains we
meet coming down are full.
Once out of the train, we follow the only possible
way which is mostly going through a platform over the river.
This platform ends in a balcony all over the Devil’s Throat
and, indeed, it’s breath-taking. It’s not only the big horseshoe shaped
waterfall with an impressive flow of water, besides, we have the
multiple falls in both walls, the cloud created by the water falling
where permanently reside a double rainbow and the birds, which they’re
used to live on such an unique place and fly through the curtain of
water like if they were playing with it.
As I read, this is the most spectacular place
here. One of those where pictures cannot really show its magnificence
and makes you feel like a privilege to be able to enjoy it, at least,
once in your life.
We come back knowing we’ve just lived a very
special moment and happy because our strategy was successful since,
even with people in that balcony, it’s not like we know it use to be.
We’ve got enough space to stand looking from one of the most
spectacular balconies in the world and making our pictures with no
people on them.
We take the train until the end: Central station. It’s past
2:30 PM and we’re going to get our lunch at the buffet restaurant here:
La Selva. In our way we’ve got a couple of vouchers with 20% discount
for it. With that, access to buffet is 550$ each. There is a small
extra to pay for access to the grill, but there is enough food in the
buffet and it’s enough for us.
With full stomachs the tiredness grows and, being
this hot, we’re more thinking about the swimming pool in the hotel than
the superior circuit, so we call our taxi driver to be taken to the
We pay 400$ to him, which is the standard rate for
a return ride to Iguazu National Park from Puerto Iguazu. In five
minutes, we’re in the swimming pool. We spend the rest of the day
relaxing at hotel.